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MakerBot Stories | A New Frontier in Tracheal Repair

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Your trachea, or windpipe, connects the throat and lungs. Air comes in through the windpipe; carbon dioxide goes out.

If it is torn or diseased, surgeons have two ways to fix it. They can remove the damaged part and attach the healthy ends, but there’s only so much slack. Or they can extract some rib cartilage and graft it into the windpipe, which is also made of cartilage. Additional surgery has risks, however. So some patients can’t be helped.

But what if doctors could grow you a new piece of windpipe, just the size and shape you need, from your own cartilage cells?

For the past year, the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, in Manhasset, NY, has been exploring this question in collaboration with MakerBot.

The team of surgeons and scientists at the Feinstein Institute, the research branch of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, has grown cartilage on a scaffolding made from ordinary MakerBot PLA Filament. Their remarkable results, early investigations that might lead to a clinical breakthrough, are being presented today at the annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, in San Diego, CA.

Tissue Engineering + 3D Printing = New Possibilities

The Feinstein Institute’s findings build on innovations in two emerging fields: 3D printing and tissue engineering. Tissue engineering is like other kinds of engineering, except, instead of using steel or computer code to make things, living cells — skin, muscle, cartilage — are the raw material.

Researchers already know how to make cartilage from a mixture of cells called chondrocytes, nutrients to feed them, and collagen, which holds it all together. Shaping that cartilage into a nose or a windpipe is more challenging.

That’s where 3D printing comes in. The hope is to use a 3D printer to construct a scaffolding and cover it in a mixture of chondrocytes and collagen, which grows into cartilage. There are 3D printers that can extrude living cells, but options are few and expensive; one bioprinter cost $180,000 —beyond the Feinstein Institute’s budget.

So, at the end of 2013, Todd Goldstein, an investigator at the Feinstein Institute, called MakerBot. After several conversations, MakerBot agreed to provide the Feinstein Institute with two MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, MakerBot PLA Filament, and expert advice in 3D modeling, 3D printing, and materials.

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Real-Time Prototyping with Surgeons

Creating a replacement windpipe is uncharted medical territory. It has to be rigid enough to withstand coughs and sneezes, yet flexible enough to allow the neck to move freely.

To develop the scaffolding, Goldstein teamed up with two North Shore-LIJ surgeons who specialize in repairing windpipes. Goldstein would make prototypes of the scaffolding, then bring the prototypes to the surgeons to examine them. Goldstein would adjust his designs based on their feedback, and return in a day or two with an improved design.

Working this way, the Feinstein Institute team was able to develop a strong, flexible scaffolding design in less than a month. Goldstein, who had never used a 3D printer before his call to MakerBot, tested about 100 versions of the scaffolding. When he hit a design snag, he consulted with a designer at MakerBot, who analyzed the 3D files and suggested ways to optimize them for 3D printing.

“The ability to prototype, examine, touch, feel, and then redesign within minutes, within hours, allows for the creation of this type of technology,” says Dr. Lee Smith, a pediatric otolaryngologist at North Shore-LIJ who worked with Goldstein. “If we had to send out these designs to a commercial printer far away and get the designs back one and three and seven weeks later, we’d never be where we are today.”

“Without the 3D printers to do this, the amount of capital we would need would be exponential,” says Goldstein.

Experimenting with the MakerBot Replicator 2X

The next challenge the Feinstein Institute team faced was how to grow the cells on the scaffolding. To test the idea, Goldstein used a handheld syringe to apply the mixture of chondrocytes and collagen to the scaffolding. It was, he said, “like putting icing on a cake.”

After further consultation, MakerBot provided the Feinstein Institute with a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer, which has two extruders. Goldstein converted it into a low-cost bioprinter by replacing one extruder with a syringe that dispenses the chondrocyte-collagen “bio-ink.”

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To mount the syringe on the MakerBot Replicator 2X, Goldstein modified a universal paste extruder that he found on Thingiverse. The paste extruder, which Thingiverse user nicksears remixed from other extruder parts, is in fact designed to put icing on a cake.

Goldstein modified the other extruder to print in PLA filament instead of ABS. “The advantage of PLA is that it’s used in all kinds of surgical implant devices,” says Dr. Smith, the pediatric surgeon. Goldstein found that the heat from the extruder head sterilizes the PLA as it prints, so he was able to use ordinary MakerBot PLA Filament.

The bio-ink, which stays at room temperature, fills the gaps in the PLA scaffolding, and then cures into a gel on the heated build plate of the MakerBot Replicator 2X. A two-inch-long section of windpipe (imagine a hollowed-out Tootsie Roll) takes less than two hours to print.

Once the bio-ink adheres to the scaffolding, it goes into a bioreactor, which will keep the cells warm and growing evenly. A new bioreactor costs between $50,000 and $150,000, so Goldstein found a broken incubator. With the help of an undergraduate intern, he is converting it into a bioreactor, with gears fabricated on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

Proof of Concept

At the conference, Goldstein and Dr. David Zeltsman, the chief of thoracic surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, are presenting the Feinstein Institute’s results from its investigations into how 3D printed windpipe segments held up for four weeks in an incubator. According to their abstract, “The cells survived the printing process, were able to continue dividing, and produce the extracellular matrix expected of tracheal chondrocytes.” In other words, they were growing like windpipe cartilage.

The Feinstein Institute is describing this work as a “proof of concept,” and the team still has plenty of work to do before establishing a new protocol for repairing or replacing damaged windpipes. Medical research can take years to move from bench to bedside, as can Food and Drug Administration approval.

Dr. Smith, the pediatric surgeon, says that he expects in the next five years to harvest a patient’s cells, grow them on a scaffolding, and repair a windpipe. At least one tracheal patient comes through the North Shore-LIJ Health System each year who can’t be helped by the two established methods. In such cases, the FDA has a compassionate therapy exception that allows you to try a promising experimental method like a 3D printed windpipe.

New Careers and The Future of Medicine

The windpipe experiment has already made a profound impact on the research team.

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“It’s completely changed the trajectory of my academic career,” says Goldstein, who came to the Feinstein Institute as a molecular biologist, working with cells, chemicals, and drugs. Combining this knowledge with 3D printing and getting into tissue engineering — “I didn’t expect that at all when I got here.”

Now he is the Feinstein Institute’s lead researcher for 3D bioprinting, making models for pre-operative planning and tools to improve the lab. He is also the presenting author of a paper being delivered to thousands of surgeons, and is applying for major grants to continue his research. “Knowing that I could potentially have designed something that will end up saving someone’s child is the most exciting thing I could ever ask for,” Goldstein says.

“This project will probably define my scientific career,” says Dr. Smith. “As we produce something that can replace a segment of trachea, we’ll constantly be modifying and optimizing, the correct bio materials, the correct way to bond the cells to the scaffold.”

“3D printing and tissue engineering have the potential to replace lots of different parts of the human body,” he says. “The potential for creating replacement parts is almost limitless.”

So what’s next? MakerBot has supplied the Feinstein Institute with early samples of forthcoming MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments in Limestone and Iron, so the team can start investigating other applications of 3D printing and tissue engineering.

“Do you remember The Six Million Dollar Man?,” asks Daniel Grande, director of orthopedic research at the Feinstein Institute and Goldstein’s mentor. “The Bionic Man is not the future, it’s the present. We have that ability to do that now. It’s really exciting.”

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MakerBot Mobile | The Android App Has Arrived

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When we rolled out MakerBot Mobile for iOS earlier this year, we promised to deliver a version for Android OS, the mobile operating system running on 80% of the world’s smartphones.

Today, we’re following through with MakerBot Mobile for Android. This simple yet powerful app puts your MakerBot Cloud Library and the power to monitor and control your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer in the palm of your hand.

Download MakerBot Mobile 1.0 for Android now from the Google Play Store.

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Control Your Printer with a Tap of Your Finger
If you’re on the same Wi-Fi network as your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, you can use MakerBot Mobile for Android to print any 3D model you’ve saved to your Library using MakerBot Desktop. All with a just a tap of your finger. You can also use MakerBot Mobile for Android to monitor and control your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, including canceling or pausing prints, and changing filament.

Upgrade to Thingiverse 1.3 for Android
For all of you MakerBot Thingiverse fans, we’re also happy to announce a new version of the Thingiverse app for Android. Use it in tandem with MakerBot Mobile for Android to print 3D models directly from Thingiverse. Just select the Print Now button in Thingiverse 1.3, which will automatically open MakerBot Mobile for Android and prepare your model for 3D printing.

We’re Just Getting Started
This is just the beginning for MakerBot Mobile for Android. In the near future, we’ll be introducing features for exploring Thingiverse, and the ability to start a print on the go using any 3G or 4G connection. In the meantime, use the Thingiverse app for Android to get a jump-start on your 3D model collection, and keep your eye out for these updates.

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Thingiverse | Swap Ideas and Models with Thingiverse Groups

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One of the most vibrant parts of the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem is Thingiverse, the 3D design community for discovering, printing, or sharing over 500,000 free 3D models.

Today, we’re unveiling a new way to explore this community of innovators.

Our new Thingiverse Groups feature allows you to join and create groups around specific topics or types of designs, start conversations, and share Things with your fellow community members. We’ve made it super easy to create groups, search for the newest or most popular groups, and upload your designs.

Check out Groups under the Explore section of Thingiverse.

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There are already a few groups to choose from, but a good place to start is the My First Make group, where you can share your first 3D printing experience. Can’t find a group that fits your interests? Start one of your own. In a community as vast as Thingiverse, chances are there are others out there who share your passions. Find your people!

As always, we’ll be iterating and improving this new feature based on your feedback. Head over to Groups Feedback and let your voice be heard.

 

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MakerBot at CES 2015 | Showcasing Customers, Winning Awards

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For the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we focused our efforts on telling the story of the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, our growing and continually improving range of hardware, software, services, and solutions designed to make the 3D printing process easier and more accessible for everyone. We were excited to be at CES and meet as many 3D printing enthusiasts as we could.

By the end of the week, and many thousands of great conversations later, we’d shared our knowledge that MakerBot is creating the most comprehensive 3D Ecosystem to support our customers; picked up five awards, and started greeting each other with, “We’re number 18!”

Here’s why.

Our Customers and Partners Were Superstars
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We’re proud of our MakerBot products and services, but prouder still of how they help customers and partners leverage the power of Real-Time Prototyping to accelerate product development workflows, educate students, remake design processes and more.

At CES 2015, we decided to shine a spotlight on some of the people who are making wonderful things with MakerBot’s technology: the brilliant engineers at GE FirstBuild, who are prototyping the next generation of smart refrigerators; the talented designers at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, who test designs for housewares; and a dedicated, creative teacher at Whitby School who uses MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers to bring everything from ecology to economics to life. Special thanks, too, to our panel discussion guests that included our booth guests and partners The Foundry and TTI Floor Care (Hoover Vacuums).

Manufacturers, designers, educators, and others lined up at the MakerBot booth to talk to representatives from all these organizations. They were the superstars of the week and we can’t thank them enough for all their efforts!

MakerBot PLA Composite Filament Picks Up Three Awards
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Our newly announced MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments generated lots of interest and recognition. These composites of MakerBot PLA and a high concentration of functional material — iron, bronze, limestone, and maple — are beautiful, realistic and highly stabilized. These new filaments will be available for purchase in late 2015.

Engadget Best of CES 2015: Best Maker-friendly Technology

Popular Mechanics: CES 2015 Editors’ Choice Awards

Popular Science: The Best of CES 2015, Products of the Future

MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments were also featured in Fast Company’s list: The 9 Best Ideas From CES 2015.

When the composite filaments are released, the potential of the swappable MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder will start to be realized. In just minutes, you will be able to swap in a new extruder optimized for these innovative filaments. Then you’ll be ready to create prototypes that look and feel like the real thing, so that you can accelerate Real-Time Prototyping—without purchasing a new 3D printer!

MakerBot PrintShop Makes iPhone Life’s List 
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When we say anyone can design 3D printable models, we mean it. With a smooth and easy interface, and tools like Vase Maker, Medal Maker, Ring Maker, Bracelet Maker, and Type Maker, the MakerBot PrintShop app for iPad allows anyone to design a 3D printable model. No prior 3D design experience needed. We love MakerBot PrintShop and we’re happy to learn the editors over at iPhone Life Magazine think it’s pretty special too.

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Better Homes & Gardens Likes the MakerBot Replicator Mini
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Announced in conjunction with CES 2015, the first ever Better Homes Editors’ Choice Innovation Products List features our very own MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer.

We’re happy and proud that the MakerBot Replicator Mini is featured on a list designed to highlight the “best of new and existing technology proven to make the homes and lives of consumers smarter, safer and more efficient.” Best of all, making this list is a great sign that our efforts make the 3D printing process easier and more accessible for everyone are paying off.

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Surprise Nod From TIME
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Our whole team puts a lot into everything we do: hardware, software, services, and more, and we’re always pleased to be recognized for our efforts.

But you could have knocked us over with a feather when TIME named our booth, designed to showcase our customers and their innovative efforts in education, prototyping, and design, as one of the 20 most “eye-catching” at CES. MakerBot was listed as number 18!

TIME: The 20 Most Eye-Catching Booths at CES 2015

 

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Thingiverse | MakerBot Ghostly Vinyl Challenge Winners

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Well that was awesome.

We had a feeling that this challenge was going to be right in the Thingiverse community’s wheelhouse and we were right!

For three weeks, Thingiverse was bombarded with hundreds of amazing #GhostlyVinyl Challenge entries ­— from customizable zoetropes, dancing ghosts and vinyl-based sculpture to clocks, wave generators, cable organizers, and so much more.

All participants deserve a round of applause for their hard work and creativity.

Picking finalists from all the inspired entries was tough, but after consulting with Ghostly International and recording artist Com Truise, we’re excited to announce the winners!

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And the winners are…

First prize goes to Oana’s Hand Cranked Vinyl Player. It prints without support and assembles in less than five minutes. It’s complex, but not complicated, and it can actually play records!

Second prize goes to M600’s DeskSHELL. It’s an elegant multi-purpose container for your audio miscellanea. It prints easily, looks perfect next to your turntable, and features some clever customizable elements.

Third prize goes to Aleccs’ Phone Amplifying Dock. The Ghostly-themed design holds an iPhone in place and redirects audio through an amplifying chamber.

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MakerBot at CES 2015 | The Growing MakerBot Ecosystem

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It’s time for the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and MakerBot is there. Back in 2014, we brought three new MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers to market, plus we launched numerous other initiatives including MakerBot Desktop, MakerBot Mobile and MakerBot PrintShop. We also launched the MakerBot Digital Store, brought on licensed partners, and more.

But for 2015, says MakerBot CEO Jenny Lawton, we’re purposefully not introducing any new 3D printers at CES. Instead, we’re “focusing our efforts on creating the most comprehensive 3D Ecosystem to support our customers. 3D printing is not simple. It is not plug-and-play. 3D printing takes work and takes software and hardware that make it work. We are focused on improving the overall 3D printing process to make it easier and more accessible for everyone.”

We know there is a lot of hype around 3D printing. So, in 2015, we’re telling the story of the growing MakerBot 3D Ecosystem. Our 2014 generation of printers will be there, of course, but we’re also going to showcase how “educators, businesses, and real users have incorporated MakerBot 3D printing into their daily work and lives,” says Jenny.

If you’re at CES 2015 this week, stop by the MakerBot Booth at #72711, located in the Sands Expo Convention Center, CES Tech West.

We’d love to show you some live demos and talk about what’s next.

The Growing MakerBot 3D Ecosystem
The large and growing platform currently includes hardware, like 3D printers and scanners; software, like MakerBot Desktop, MakerBot Mobile, and MakerBot PrintShop; solutions like the MakerBot Innovation Centers; services like MakerBot Learning; and in depth support options including tutorials, quick tips, and the MakerBot MakerCare Protection Plan.

That’s a lot, but there’s room for more. At CES 2015, we’ll be talking about:

-New MakerBot PLA Composite Filament
-New MakerBot Solutions & Services
-New and upgraded MakerBot apps
-New MakerBot partnerships

MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments
Enter the new line of MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments, created in three categories: Metal, Stone, and Wood. These beautiful, realistic, and highly stabilized materials are slated to be released in late 2015, but we’ll be showcasing select prints at CES 2015 so you can see the many potential uses for these great materials.

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With these new materials, the potential of the swappable MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder will start to be realized. In just minutes, you will be able to swap in a new extruder optimized for these innovative filaments. Then you will be ready to create prototypes that look and feel like the real thing so that you can accelerate Real-Time Prototyping—without purchasing a new 3D printer!

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MakerBot Professional Services
MakerBot has been working hard to add to the services arm of the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem. We’re starting the new year by introducing a collection of offerings designed to help consumers and professionals alike.

 -3D Design Services by MakerBot: Obtain master-level 3D design services for your important 3D printable content.
 -MakerBot 3D Printed Products: Our team of experts quickly and reliably 3D print 50 – 100,000 of your products, models, or parts.
 -MakerBot Learning: Get up and running faster with hands-on, creative, and collaborative sessions taught by knowledgeable MakerBot 3D printing experts.
 -Consulting from MakerBot: Receive unparalleled expertise to help you lead the way in the Next Industrial Revolution.

New and Upgraded Apps
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In the first quarter of 2015, it will be easier than ever to remotely monitor and print. Upgrades to MakerBot Mobile for iPhone and Android will let you preview digital files for 3D printing, prepare files for 3D printing, and start a 3D print while monitoring its progress, all from your mobile device.

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The new MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform helps maximize the value and efficiency of your MakerBot Innovation Center with a seamless solution for managing large groups — as many as 30 -100 — of Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.

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MakerBot Partnerships
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We love finding creative companies and organizations eager to create new things for our customers, and at CES 2015 we’re showcasing some fun and engaging projects that demonstrate the power of Real-Time Prototyping with MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.

MakerBot Digital Store x Martha Stewart: The recently launched Martha Stewart for MakerBot Digital Store Trellis Collection is a popular download for many MakerBot customers. At CES 2015, MakerBot and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia will provide a sneak peek at some prototypes for potential future collections.
MakerBot Thingiverse x GE FirstBuild: Engineering and 3D printing enthusiasts hacked the refrigerator as part of the Icebox Challenge, a MakerBot and GE FirstBuild collaboration. Winners will be announced and designs showcased at the CES 2015 MakerBot booth.
MakerBot x The Foundry: The MakerBot Kit for MODO is the first ever 3D app integrated into MakerBot’s Cloud Library and MakerBot Thingiverse to provide access to The Foundry’s MODO 801’s easy-to-use content creation package.

Come Visit – We Can’t Wait to Meet You
CES is a hub of ingenuity and exciting ideas. It’s a great place to kick off the new year, discuss where we’re headed, and celebrate how real users use the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem to incorporate 3D printing into their workflow, save time and money, and inspire a whole new generation of innovators.

Again, if you’re at CES, please come visit us at booth #72711, located in the Sands Expo Center, CES Tech West.

We can’t wait to meet you.

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MakerBot Partnerships | Exciting news about our partnership with The Foundry

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Seamless 3D design and printing just got one step closer.
Back in April, we announced a partnership with The Foundry to streamline the workflow between its powerful new MODO 801 3D modeling, animation, visual effects and rendering software package and the MakerBot Replicator 3D printing platform.

We’re proud to announce the next milestone in our partnership with the introduction of the MakerBot Kit for MODO. With the MakerBot Kit, you create and edit designs using MODO 801 and publish them directly to Thingiverse, or privately using the MakerBot Cloud Library, all from within MODO.
 

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You can access your designs in your MakerBot Cloud Library using MakerBot Desktop, MakerBot PrintShop, or MakerBot Mobile. You can also directly upload and manage versions on Thingiverse, as the kit also supports .THING files (the container format native to MakerBot Desktop which can hold multiple .STL or .OBJ files and allows you to retain information such as scale of placement on your build plate).

Why use the MakerBot Kit for MODO 801 for 3D printing?
–Get the shape you want in minutes thanks to simple, yet powerful 3D object and surface modeling tools wrapped in an artist friendly workflow.
–Easily export to a watertight mesh in the STL format for easy 3D printing.
–Use a variety of modeling methodologies — from standard mesh construction to brush-based fluid sculpting.
–Clean up and modify data scanned with a MakerBot Digitizer in a streamlined modeling environment.

We’re not done yet.
We’re still hard at work finding new ways to integrate the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing platform with MODO 801 and put seamless 3D design and printing into the hands of artists and designers at every level. Stay tuned for more.

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From the Makers | MakerBot Innovation Centers & Jordan Brehove

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With “From the Makers”, we’re opening up MakerBot to give you a peek inside, introduce you to the innovators who create our products and services, and let you know how we’re doing with our plans, challenges, and progress.

Our first “From the Maker” featured the MakerBot Digital Products team and how they’re working to continuously improve apps and firmware to make the MakerBot desktop 3D printing experience even easier and more accessible.

Today, we’re talking with Jordan Brehove. As VP of Professional Services, Jordan is dedicated to creating and growing the services MakerBot needs to meet the evolving requirements of our professional customers. He currently oversees MakerBot Learning, MakerBot Support, and MakerBot Innovation Centers.

From the Makers: MakerBot Innovation Center from MakerBot on Vimeo.

What is a MakerBot Innovation Center?
First, let’s talk about the why. We created MakerBot Innovation Centers for customers who approached us for help in setting up and managing large groups of MakerBot 3D printers. Since we had two large “botfarms” ourselves, we’d already learned some of the advantages and challenges of working with large groups of 3D printers, and had put some thought into how to best link them, manage them, and use them.

Now, the what. As Jordan explains, a MakerBot Innovation Center is “a centralized, scalable 3D printing solution” composed of MakerBot Replicator 3D printers, software, supplies, and services. The solution is designed to empower your organization to innovate faster, collaborate better, and compete more effectively.

A MakerBot Innovation Center is also a great example of how MakerBot is continuously working to push 3D printing innovation forward. Beyond that, it’s taking the Real-Time Prototyping achievable with a single MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer and scaling it up to serve the needs of an entire school or business. A MakerBot Innovation Center enables an organization to accelerate the development of innovative ideas and products, and approach organizational creativity and collaboration in a completely new way.

More on that below. Let’s get into the components of a MakerBot Innovation Center first. Components that can, by the way, be completely customized for your organization.

Hardware and Supplies
The most visible components of a MakerBot Innovation Center are “the printers, the scanners, the filament, and the racking system” that optimizes the footprint of a large number of 3D printers.

We generally define a MakerBot Innovation Center as comprised of between 30 and 100 3D printers. For example, the SUNY New Paltz MakerBot Innovation Center has an array of 30 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Here at MakerBot in Brooklyn, we have two MakerBot Innovation Centers of our own, each running with more than 100 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.

Software: MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform
How do we do it? In the beginning, it was with a lot of sweat and shoe leather. But all that effort gave us the experience we needed to design and build the MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform, a seamless solution for managing large groups of MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Jordan describes it as the software “core” of an Innovation Center.

The easy-to-use software application, says Jordan, “allows for queue management, people to get in line, submit prints, manage those prints. Once…[3D models] are sliced you can allocate them to different printers.”

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He continues, “You can actually see videos of what’s printing…You can even tell what color filament is in the printer when you’re about to turn a print on.” Along with that, Jordan says, you can see “all types of metrics about hours printed, number of prints, and what’s been printed” on each 3D printer.

In short, the MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform turns the arduous task of managing 100+ printers into an enjoyable experience, “So you’re able to manage both at that micro level, by printer, and the macro level, what’s going on with the entire Innovation Center.”

Services: Training, Consulting, and Support
But Jordan’s team doesn’t just ship hardware and software to your location and leave you to it. Every MakerBot Innovation Center includes an array of services so you can be confident we’ll be with you every step of the way.

For example, every MakerBot Innovation Center includes education provided by our expert MakerBot Learning instructors. We deliver training in various aspects of 3D printing for stakeholders, users, and for the technicians managing the printers.

There’s also an optional Consulting Service, to help get people up and running faster, and of course, Support. MakerBot offers MakerBot Innovation Centers our highest level of support possible, the MakerBot MakerCare Protection Plan.

The Exciting Next Stage
At MakerBot, Jordan says, we’re leading the Next Industrial Revolution and, “this is next stage of that. This is how big companies, big universities, get involved in 3D printing in a really significant way.”

And it’s simply exciting. When you bring people into the same space, “they see what others are doing, they feed off that, and they start to develop more and more, and be more creative and effective. “

Do you think a MakerBot Innovation Center might benefit your school or organization? Please reach out to us

Tell Us What You Think
We’re always interested in your feedback, thoughts, and suggestions, so feel free to reach out to us at [email protected].

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MakerBot PrintShop 1.3 | Celebrate the Big Win with Medal Maker

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The MakerBot Digital Products team has been hard at work enhancing our suite of 3D printing software: MakerBot Mobile, MakerBot Desktop, and MakerBot PrintShop.

Download the latest version of MakerBot PrintShop to experience a host of backend improvements and user experience updates, as well as a brand new tool for making personalized medals for your friends, family and, of course, you.

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Now Everyone’s a Winner
Medal Maker for MakerBot PrintShop is our most prolific tool yet. With seven different medal styles, 27 icons representing a range of sports and academic subjects, and customized text fields, you can create the perfect personalized medal for any occasion.

Once you’ve tailored your medal to your liking, tap Print to prepare and send your medal to your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer wirelessly (using local Wi-Fi only), or save it to your MakerBot Cloud Library.

Be a Hero This Holiday Season
Medal Maker is the perfect solution for letting the athlete, mathlete, or shuffleboard champion in your life know that they’re a winner in your eyes. We’ve even thrown in a couple of MakerBot Thingiverse logo variations for our prized friends in the 3D design community.

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MakerBot Digital Store | A Jurassic Giant Returns

Download the Stegosaurus Skeleton at the MakerBot Digital Store!

This intricate, 3D printable Stegosaurus Skeleton was created by our talented in-house designers as a companion to the MakerBot T-Rex Skeleton model, and makes a great tool for paleontological learning.

Download the Stegosaurus Skeleton now at the MakerBot Digital Store.

Recreating A Remarkable Reptile
To create the complex and realistic Stegosaurus Skeleton model, our designers visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to take photos and study the anatomical details of actual Stegosaurus fossils. Back at the studio, they worked to bring the skeleton to life in 3D by creating 3D renders of the skeleton, scaling the model down, and making sure it was reliably 3D printable. Once it was ready, they broke the design apart into multiple pieces to print on MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer build plates.

Perfect For The Classroom
Discover the unique anatomy of the Stegosaurus from the claws up when you print your own from the MakerBot Digital Store on your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer. Include this model in your Biology or Geology lessons to incorporate physical manipulatives in your instruction while you introduce students to the basics of 3D printing.

Prehistoric Flair For Your Lair
Download this 3D print-ready file for an educational, fun, and interactive addition to your classroom, office, or home collection. Assembly is required for a full model, but all pieces easily snap together. Use MakerBot Warm Gray, True Brown, and Army Green PLA Filaments to create the model pictured below.

Download the free Stegosaurus Footprint at MakerBot Thingiverse!

Download the entire Stegosaurus skeleton from the MakerBot Digital Store, or get our impressive Stegosaurus Footprint on MakerBot Thingiverse.

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12 months special financing on new
MakerBot 3D printer hardware purchases
with Dell Preferred Account on Dell.com.


Limited-time offer for qualified customers.
Offer Details

12 months special financing on new MakerBot 3D printer hardware purchases is a no interest if paid in full by November, 2015 financing promotion. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the purchase balance is not paid in full by your payment due date in November, 2015 or if you make a late payment. Minimum monthly payments are required during the promotional period. If not paid by end of promotional period, account balance and new purchases will be subject to the Standard APR rates, which range from 19.99% - 29.99% variable APR, as of 8/30/2014, depending on creditworthiness. Offers subject to credit approval and may be changed without notice.

Dell Preferred Account offered to U.S. residents by WebBank, who determines qualifications for and terms of credit. Promotion eligibility varies and is determined by WebBank. Taxes, shipping, and other charges are extra and vary. Payments equal 3% of your balance or $20, whichever is greater. Minimum Interest Charge is $2.00.

All products in your cart at the time of purchase will qualify for the special financing promotion if purchased with Dell Preferred Account between 12-31-2014 through 1/28/2015.

New MakerBot 3D printer hardware purchases are eligible! Refurbished and/or used purchases do not qualify for promotions. Eligible e-value/order codes: A7516721, A7629818, A7598495, A7617635.

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